My hopes for 2024: What Chennai personalities stay up for within the New 12 months


Asal Kolaar, Rapper and musician

With yearly, I attempt to be higher. This was a 12 months that I may see some development in myself. My visibility elevated twofold. My latest songs within the latter half of the 12 months, ‘Naa Prepared’ from Leo and ‘Kotha Raja’ from King of Kotha wrapped up the 12 months on a excessive. 

After my stint on Massive Boss 2022, I had acquired plenty of brickbats on social media. It was tough to deal with however has additionally made me more durable. I began immersing myself in my work. It used to harm me initially, however now I understand how to deal with it. This was my greatest takeaway from 2023. 

I at all times attempt to experiment with the lyrics or move of my music and aspire to evolve continuously with my sound. I imagine that it will replicate on among the unbiased tracks which are slated for subsequent 12 months. Tamil unbiased music doesn’t have an identification like say reggaeton, drill music or Afro beat. Quite a lot of the unbiased music is now combined with industrial cinema music. I wish to try to deliver a particular, identifiable sound to Tamil unbiased music. I hope to see a brand new wave in 2024 with many younger unbiased artistes developing. This music must be recognised globally. 

I don’t often make New 12 months resolutions however consistency is one thing that I’ll focus on in 2024. It’s going to even be the 12 months I produce my very own movies and music and never affiliate with a label. Expectations for 2024? (Laughs) Nothing a lot, some huge cash ought to come my method, that’s all.  

(As instructed to Gowri S)

Asal Kolaar
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Ashok Selvan, Actor

It has been an exceptional 12 months.. a 12 months which I can’t neglect. I bought married to the love of my life and Por Thozhil (2023) gave me the hope to pursue my desires relentlessly. After its launch, a producer got here as much as me and requested how I selected to play this character (DSP Okay Prakash) as he isn’t a typical hero within the movie. It was a wager which paid off. This was my first ₹50 crore movie and it has given me the boldness to play the characters I like. There isn’t a must play it secure.

There was a persistent duality with respect to fame earlier. I by no means sought it once I was younger. Part of me puzzled if I ought to silently go away all the things (in cinema) whereas one other half wished me to rule the world. A saint nevertheless instructed me that my soul should expertise fame though I by no means requested him the query. This has given me some readability too. Subsequent 12 months, I wish to be extra adventurous with my movie selections.

Other than my profession, Keerthi (Pandian) and I reside below the identical roof now. We’re each making an attempt to suit into one world and perceive every others’ private house. I simply had my movie’s launch (Saba Nayagan) final week and located myself washing vessels. (Laughs) I’m having fun with this section too. Our schedules are haywire and we’re each operating round. To search out time, now we have began the apply of maintaining our cell telephones out of the bed room. We’ve got an emergency quantity which is simply recognized to our dad and mom. This has additionally helped.

I might be in Yercaud throughout New 12 months’s. I’m taking pictures there and she or he (Keerthi) might be becoming a member of me.

(As instructed to Sanjana Ganesh)

Ashok Selvan

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Aryamba Sriram, Dancer

Personally, 2023 was an enormous milestone 12 months for me since I bought engaged to be married. Artistically, the 12 months has been enriching. Working with my academics and the Spanda Dance Firm (in Chennai) has been an enormous eye opener as a result of I’ve begun to search out my voice, what sort of an artiste I wish to be, and what it’s that provides me solace in taking on this artwork. This 12 months’s takeaway can be discovering pleasure within the self-discipline of apply and preparation for performances.

The December seasonthis 12 months appears to be extraordinarily rewarding, for all of the work now we have been doing over the previous 12 months. The journey in the direction of these programmes and performances throughout the season is what’s fascinating. The 12 months 2023 has been all about making ready, and this has taken the main focus.

Quite a lot of inspiration has kicked on this 12 months, that I hope to take into 2024. I simply bought again from the Serendipity Arts Pageant (in Goa), and the sort of work I noticed individuals placing in has been extraordinarily inspiring. I’m trying ahead to creating work meaning one thing to me, that’s trustworthy and displays my voice. I’m eager to see what unfolds for me in 2024.

(As instructed to S Poorvaja)

Aryamba Sriram

Aryamba Sriram

Ezhilan Naganathan, MLA, Thousand Lights Meeting Constituency

Yearly, there are new challenges and newer dimensions opening up. It’s all about our perspective in the direction of these challenges. I hope that 2024 is disaster-free and that the group at giant stays unaffected.The efforts taken for flood mitigation this 12 months had been a problem and a studying expertise. Being a coastal metropolis, Chennai bears the brunt of local weather change. This new 12 months, individuals ought to tackle local weather change, on the coverage stage in addition to on the group stage throughorientation and consciousness. We must always have an environmental, eco-friendly strategy in each side of life, and want to depart behind an affordable place to stay for our future generations. I imagine we shouldtake this message ahead.

When the 2021 floods occured, Thousand Lights, a low-lying space, was affected and we had water inundation in 46 locations. Other than the flood mitigation work, we needed to arrange a coordination group between numerous departments within the constituency. This 12 months, via a deliberate, synchronised strategy, we had been in a position to restore the realm throughout the floods. When you’ve a structural strategy one can discover a method ahead in addressing these sorts of disasters. The teachings learnt in 2023, will certainly be carried over to 2024. I’m a part of the State Planning Fee as effectively, and we’re taking a look at synchronised efforts in catastrophe administration.

MLA Ezhilan Naganathan surveys his assembly constituency during cyclone Michaung

MLA Ezhilan Naganathan surveys his meeting constituency throughout cyclone Michaung

 The teachings learnt in 2023, will certainly be carried over to 2024. I’m part of the State Planning Fee as effectively, and we’re taking a look at synchronised efforts in catastrophe administration.

(As instructed to S Poorvaja)

R Vaishali, Chess Grandmaster

My 2023 could be divided into two halves; one abysmal and the opposite euphoric. Although I had a number of alternatives in tournaments within the first few months of the 12 months, issues weren’t going my method.

Within the second half of the 12 months, the tide turned. I began faring effectively in a number of tournaments. This December has been a particular month for me. It began off with me getting the GM (Grandmaster Title), one thing that I’ve dreamt of since I used to be a baby. Subsequently, I used to be additionally chosen for the Arjuna Award, one thing that gave me nice pleasure.

All that is occurring whereas my brother, Praggnanandhaa, is scaling newer heights in chess. Having witnessed his hardwork from shut quarters, I’m very happy with him. Nonetheless, the highlight has been fully on him in the previous couple of years and I’m afraid that I didn’t deal with that effectively. I’ve overcome that feeling now, and am now in a a lot better state of mind. I maintain telling myself that he (Praggnananda) is a chess prodigy and that our paths with respect to the game are completely different.

R Vaishali

R Vaishali
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I hope 2024 seems effectively for me. The beginning certainly seems good. In January, whilst I obtain my Arjuna Award, my chess coach, RB Ramesh, will bag the celebrated Dronacharya Award, one thing that he richly deserves. With a number of thrilling tournaments to stay up for, I anticipate a fully-packed 12 months of taking part in chess. When I’m not engaged with the sport, I stay up for taking part in some pleasant video games of desk tennis and shuttle with my brother and brushing up my human assets classes for my masters diploma.

(As instructed to Srinivasa Ramanujam)

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